Dan O'Herlihy, Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, German (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), Imitation of Life (1959) (Blu-Ray), Imitation of Life (1959). Kohner and Moore received Academy Award nominations for their performances. "[14] Sirk provided the Annie–Sarah Jane relationship in his version with more screen time and more intensity than the original versions of the story. Upon meeting with Sarah Jane, Annie apologizes for being selfish by loving her too much and wishes her the best. Like the previous film, in this one the Peola (Sarah Jane) character returns, going to her mother's funeral and showing remorse, a scene described by Molly Hiro as "virtually identical" to the previous one, while in the novel she leaves the area for good. 1959. Tweet. A widowed but rising actress, Lora Meredith, hires Annie Johnson as her black housekeeper. Dan O'Herlihy married Elsie Bennett in 1945. The story was altered so that Lora becomes a Broadway star with her own talents, with Annie assisting her by serving as a nanny for Lora's child. Category. Lora, meanwhile, virtually ignores her own daughter in a single-minded quest for stardom. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2020, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2017. Imitation Of Life - Lana Turner, John Gavin [1959] All Region DVD, Imitation of Life 2-Movie Collection [Blu-ray] [US Import], All That Heaven Allows (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Gene Kelly Collection [Singin' In The Rain/American In Paris/Anchors Away/On The Town] [DVD] [2011], Imitation Of Life (Two-Movie Special Edition) (Universal Legacy Series) (1934). Unable to add item to List. [7] In the original story, the "Lora" character, Bea Pullman, became successful by commercial production of her maid Delilah's family waffle recipe (a pancake recipe in the 1934 film version). David Edwards: Dan O'Herlihy Sarah Jane (aged 18): Susan Kohner Allen Loomis: Robert Alda . Featuring. Prime members enjoy fast & free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and many more exclusive benefits. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2021. At the show's after-party, she encounters Steve, whom she has not seen in a decade. Genome BETA Radio Times 1923 - 2009. [citation needed], In 2015, BBC Online, the website of the British Broadcasting Corporation, named the film the 37th greatest American movie ever made based on a survey of film critics. Meanwhile, Susie has been found and looked after by Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore), who is also a single mother with a daughter, Sarah Jane (portrayed as a child by Karin Dicker), who is about Susie's age. Select the 'Free delivery on first order' option at checkout. A Blu-ray with both films was released in April 2015;[17] this edition has been re-mastered, and is not identical with earlier DVD releases. Single mom and aspiring actress Lora (Lana Turner), embarrassed by Christmas attention from Steve (John Gavin), as housekeeper/roommate Annie (Juanita Moore) takes a call from agent Loomis (Robert Alda), representing Edwards (Dan O'Herlihy), in Douglas Sirk's hit Imitation Of Life, 1959. Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Show TV Channels Hide TV Channels TV ; Show Radio Channels USA. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Sirk's treatment of racial and class issues is also admired for what he caught of the times. Delilah is offered 20% of the profits, but declines and chooses to remain Bea's dutiful assistant. ...Imitation of Life (1959) (Blu-Ray). When Lora is signed to star in an Italian motion picture, she leaves Steve to watch after Susie. [2] Following its New York opening, it became number one in the US for two weeks[10] before Universal put the film into general release on April 30. I remember watching this as a youngster and was overwhelmed by the content (in tears) and loved it so much. DAN O'HERLIHY, LANA TURNER, IMITATION OF LIFE, 1959. Each woman has an intolerable daughter, though Annie's little girl Sarah Jane, is by far the worse. Noted gospel singer Mahalia Jackson received "presenting" billing for her one scene, performing a version of "Trouble of the World" at Annie's funeral service. Since the late 20th century, Imitation of Life has been re-evaluated by critics. The two slowly begin rekindling their relationship, and Steve is reintroduced to Annie and the now-teenaged Susie (Sandra Dee) and Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner). Imitation of Life Year: 1959 USA Lana Turner , John Gavin Director: Douglas Sirk. Emanuel Levy has written, "One of the four masterpieces directed in the 1950s, the visually lush, meticulously designed and powerfully acted Imitation of Life was the jewel in Sirk's crown, ending his Hollywood's career before he returned to his native Germany. As it happened, regardless of his Best Actor Oscar nomination Dan O’Herlihy would continue to play supporting roles in A productions (e.g., The Virgin Queen, Imitation of Life) or, in rare instances, leads in minor fare like Compton Bennett’s 1957 British crime drama That Woman Opposite and, in a double role opposite Glynis Johns, the 1962 remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Dan O'Herlihy, Actor: RoboCop. We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. Douglas Sirk was nominated for the 1959 Directors Guild of America Award.[13]. Soon after their argument, Annie dies with Lora crying hysterically by her side. Buy Imitation of Life (Region ALL, NTSC) from Amazon's Movies Store. The 1969 Diana Ross & the Supremes song "I'm Livin' in Shame" and the 2001 R.E.M. IMITATION OF LIFE, from left: John Gavin, Lana Turner, Dan O'Herlihy, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Juanita Moore, 1959. [18], Madman Entertainment in Australia released a three-disc DVD set, including the 1934 film version as well as a video essay on the 1959 film by Sam Staggs. It has been considered a masterpiece of Sirk's American career. DVD. After rejecting David's latest script (and his marriage proposal), Lora takes a role in a dramatic play. IMITATION OF LIFE. | Countries - United States | MPAA Rating - NR. song, "Imitation of Life," are based upon this film. Edit Submit Cancel Appears in. This signals a central conflict in the film as Sarah Jane's fair skin allows her to pass for white and she fervently rejects being identified as black. Stills must not be reproduced, copied or downloaded in any way. Synopsis: Aspiring actress Lora Meredith meets Annie Johnson a homeless black woman at Coney Island and soon they share a tiny apartment. In Stock Usually shipped within 24 hours Released: 6/3/2003. The detective locates her living in California as a white woman under an assumed name and working as a chorus girl. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2017. Birth Chart of Dan O'Herlihy, Astrology Horoscope, Astro, Birthday, Taurus Horoscope of Celebrity, filmography IMDb.com, Movies IMDb.com. Quantity. Neurotic and obnoxious, Sarah Jane doesn't like being black; since she's light-skinned (her father was practically white), she spends the rest of the film passing as white, much to her mother's heartache and shame. Lora's concentration on her career prevents her from spending time with Susie, who sees more of Annie. Watched it again and realised that this really was ahead of its time with the racial content which I think was handled carefully. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2018. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected Imitation of Life for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The plot of the 1959 version of Imitation of Life has numerous major changes from those of the original book and the 1934 film version. Imitation of Life [DVD] $9.91. "[15], Imitation of Life became a staple of both the American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies cable television networks. Film details. Movie Poster Masterprint (24 x 36): Home: Amazon.com.au Imitation grabs you by the heart and doesn't let up until the ending credits roll. Sirk's Imitation of Life premiered in Chicago on March 17, 1959, followed by Los Angeles on March 20 and New York City on April 17. Sarah Jane's rejection of her mother begins taking a physical and mental toll on Annie. A tall, blond character actor with a rich Irish brogue, Dan O'Herlihy won an Oscar nomination as Best Actor for playing the title role in Luis Buñuel's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954). Dan O'Herlihy, as ; David Edwards Troy Donahue, as ; Frankie Karin Dicker, as ; Sarah Jane, age 8 Terry Burnham, as ; Susie, age 6 ... Imitation of Life is a historically interesting movie. In 1947, single mother Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) dreams of becoming a famous Broadway actress. You can edit these details. 1. Select media. One mother is an actress in pursuit of her career, who doesn't have much time for her daughter, while the other who truly loves her daughter is pushed away by her, because having white father she even doesn't know, she wants to be considered as a white person, while her other is black. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. [16], Both the 1934 and 1959 films were issued in 2003 on a double-sided DVD from Universal Studios. Lora asks Steve to hire a private detective to find Sarah Jane. [7], Director Douglas Sirk and screenwriters Eleanore Griffin and Allan Scott felt that such a story would not be accepted during the Civil Rights Movement amid milestones, such as the Brown v. Board of Education case and the Montgomery bus boycott, but racial discrimination and inequities was still part of it. Annie and Sarah Jane have their own problems, as Sarah Jane is struggling with her identity and wants to pass for white because of its privileges in American society in the pre-Civil Rights Movement era. As a result, Bea, the white businesswoman, becomes rich. Thought provoking from both sides of the story and a great piece of cinema history. Writing in 1997, Rob Nelson said, Basically, we're left to intuit that the black characters (and the movie) are themselves products of '50s-era racism – which explains the film's perspective, but hardly makes it less dizzying. Though it was not well-reviewed upon its original release and was viewed as inferior to the original 1934 film version – many critics derided the film as a "soap opera,"[11] – Imitation of Life was the sixth highest-grossing film of 1959, grossing $6.4 million,[12] and was Universal-International's top-grossing film that year. Losing track of her young daughter Susie (portrayed as a child by Terry Burnham) at a crowded Coney Island beach, she asks a stranger, Steve Archer (John Gavin), to help her find the girl. The teenager develops an unrequited crush on her mother's boyfriend. Personal life. User Ratings (0) Your Rating. We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use … Original title: Imitation of Life. 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The Merediths are white and the Johnsons are black, but Lora initially assumes Sarah Jane is white and not Annie's daughter. As she wished, Annie is given a lavish funeral in a large church, complete with a gospel choir (featuring Mahalia Jackson singing "Trouble of the World"), followed by an elaborate traditional funeral procession with a band and horse-drawn hearse. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2020, Fantastic film always makes me cry at the end highly recommended excellent value for money, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016. Annie is bedridden upon her return to New York, and Lora and Susie look after her. Just before the procession sets off, a bereaved and guilt-ridden Sarah Jane pushes through the crowd of mourners to throw herself upon her mother's casket apologizing and begging for her mother's forgiveness, proclaiming "I killed my own mother!" Imitation of Life is without question one of my all-time favorite movies. With storylines tackling racism, romance, family, success and tragedy, Imitation of Life is a powerful story that still resonates with audiences today. Annie tells Lora of the girl's crush. AllMovie Rating. Year. A two-disc set of the films was issued by Universal in 2008. With struggles along the way, Lora becomes a star of stage comedies, with Allen Loomis (Robert Alda) as her agent and David Edwards (Dan O'Herlihy) as her chief playwright. Imitation of Life (1959) Directed by Douglas Sirk. Film doesn't offer easy answers which makes it rear as a Hollywood cinema and in addition it is beautifully made with excellent dialog and acting showing an American life of new generation at that time from unique perspective. Possibly thinking of W.E.B. Johnson too has a daughter, who is light-skinned enough to pass for white. Annie continues to live with her, serving as nanny, housekeeper, confidante, and best friend. Sarah Jane's roommate interrupts them, presuming Annie is the maid, to which Annie says that she is a former nanny of "Miss Linda," Sarah Jane's new name. With the help of Steve and a police officer, Lora is reunited with Susie. Imitation of Life is the second film adaptation of Fannie Hurst 's 1933 novel of the same name; the first, directed by John M. Stahl, was released in 1934. Moore won second place in the category of Top Female Supporting Performance at the 1959 Laurel Awards, and the film won Top Drama. Genre. The issue of Susie's crush on Steve becomes serious when Susie learns that Steve and Lora are to be married. Buy Imitation of Life (1959) (Blu-Ray) from Amazon's Movies Store. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness. Film. Have a box of tissues at hand. Buy Imitation of Life (Blu-Ray) from Amazon's Movies Store. Add to cart. 8 . The film's top-billed stars are Lana Turner and John Gavin, and the cast also features Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda and Juanita Moore. And those who do still harbor such thoughts have been very much closeted by the politically correct police. Annie Johnson: Juanita Moore. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2015. Sorry, there was a problem saving your cookie preferences. Hiro wrote that in contrast to the novel, this film and the previous film received "far more critical attention", with the second film being "more famous" compared to the first. While neither actress won the Oscar, Kohner won the Golden Globe for her performance. Truly astonishing movie. I was looking for this recently to show my daughter and couldn't remember the title and a friend told me. Jul 12, 2019 - Explore Jaclyn Waddilove's board "Dan O'Herlihy", followed by 213 people on Pinterest. Whilst in the original film, the "imitation of life" was just a reference to Peola's (in this film, Sarah Jane) desire to pass for white, in this film, three out of the four main characters have been living their own imitations of life. He and his wife had 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. The story of Annie Johnson and her daughter Sarah-Jane was far more compelling than Lana Turner's self indulgent character. Imitation of Life is a 1959 American drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Ross Hunter and released by Universal International. He was 85. Press the green Edit button. Eleven years later, Lora is a highly regarded Broadway star living in a luxurious home near New York City. Imitation of Life (1959) Lana Turner shines in Douglas Sirk’s moving rags-to-riches tale. Lana Turner's wardrobe for Imitation of Life cost over $1.078 million, making it one of the most expensive in cinema history at that time.[8]. Dan O\'Herlihy. It was Sirk's final Hollywood film and dealt with issues of race, class and gender. Type. In return for Annie's kindness, Lora temporarily takes in Annie and her daughter. [8] Sirk later said that he had deliberately and subversively undercut Turner to draw focus toward the problems of the two black characters. Melodrama. Producer Ross Hunter was cannily aware that these plot changes would enable Lana Turner to model an array of glamorous costumes and real jewels, something that would appeal to the female audience at that time. Learn more about VAT here. Learn more about Import fee deposit here. Genres - Drama | Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Melodrama | Release Date - Apr 30, 1959 (USA - Unknown) | Run Time - 124 min. Imitation Of Life (1959) - Foolish Together Single mom and aspiring actress Lora (Lana Turner), embarrassed by Christmas attention from Steve (John Gavin), as housekeeper/roommate Annie (Juanita Moore) takes a call from agent Loomis (Robert Alda), representing Edwards (Dan O'Herlihy), in Douglas Sirk's hit Imitation Of Life, 1959. Lora takes Sarah Jane to their limousine to join her, Susie, and Steve as the procession slowly travels through a city street. Tweet. I watched this many years ago and I still enjoyed it on Saturday as I did all those years ago. Momentary film reaches unbelievable levels of emotions when daughter accuses her black mother of being the source of all her troubles and throws away her love. Irish-born Dan O'Herlihy decided not to follow in his father's footsteps, forsaking the life of an architect in favour of the acting profession. Story follows two pair of mothers and their daughters tied up to live together. JOHN GAVIN, LANA TURNER, IMITATION OF LIFE, 1959. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. My mother showed it to me when I was a tween and it marked the beginning of my love of old movies--particularly the black and white ones from the 40s & 50s. The film's top-billed stars are Lana Turner and John Gavin, and the cast also features Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda … Imitation of Life (1959) Drama. He's known for Robocop (1987), Imitation of Life (1959) and The Virgin Queen (1955). Fiction. © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. See more ideas about dan, robinson crusoe, the last starfighter. Although many actresses, most of them white,[9] were screen-tested for the Sarah Jane role in the 1959 remake, Susan Kohner, daughter of actress Lupita Tovar, born in Mexico, and Paul Kohner, a Czech Jewish immigrant, won the role. Although Lora had begun a relationship with Steve, their courtship falls apart because he does not want her to be a star. After a confrontation with her mother, Susie decides to go away to school in Denver to forget about Steve. Annie, becoming weaker and more depressed by the day, flies out to see her daughter one last time and say goodbye. When Lora returns from Italy, Sarah Jane has run away from home, leaving Annie a note that says if she truly does care about her, she will leave her alone and let her live her life. Critics later commented that Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner stole the film from Turner. Du Bois's notion of black American double-consciousness, critic Molly Haskell once described Imitation's double-vision: "The mixed-race girl's agonizing quest for her identity is not seen from her point of view as much as it is mockingly reflected in the fun house mirrors of the culture from which she is hopelessly alienated. As each generation passes away, so do bigotries and stereotypes. Search the BBC Search the BBC. The Imitation of Life 2-Movie Collection includes both versions of the film, the original 1934 Best Picture nominee starring Claudette Colbert and the 1959 masterpiece starring Lana Turner. Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events When Annie learns the truth, she goes to the club to claim her daughter; Sarah Jane is fired. Select Your Cookie Preferences. Sarah Jane begins dating a white teenager (Troy Donahue), but he beats her in an alleyway after learning she is black. Gospel music star Mahalia Jackson appears as a church choir soloist. Please try again. Imitation of Life is a film directed by Douglas Sirk with Lana Turner, John Gavin, Susan Kohner, Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy .... Year: 1959. Imitation of Life (1959) Tear-jerker about the intertwined lives of two widowed mothers, one white and the other black, and the rebellious daughters they raise, the latter's a light-skinned child claiming to be white. What a great movie. [9] Karin Dicker made her debut in this film as the young Sarah Jane. Some time later, she again passes for white to get a job performing at a seedy nightclub, but tells her mother she is working at the library. Annie pleads to Sarah Jane that if she ever needs help, she will reach out to her, and the two share one last embrace. Dan O'Herlihy, whose long career took him from the Dublin stage to Broadway to countless Hollywood films, died at his Malibu home on Feb. 17, Reuters reported. The original 1934 version of Imitation of Life was added to the National Film Registry in 2005.[5][6]. Spain released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Aspiring actress Lora Meredith meets Annie Johnson a homeless black woman at Coney Island and soon they share a tiny apartment. The tall, distinguished-looking university graduate boasted a rich, resonant voice, which enabled him to easily find work in radio plays, as well on the stage. It replaced BBC Television. [7], Both Moore and Kohner were nominated for the 1959 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the 1959 Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Introduction. Cast: Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy USA, 1959, rated NR, two hours and five minutes. Try again. Issue 3541 24 October 1991 Page 94 BBC One is a television service which began broadcasting on 20 April 1964. starring Lana Turner, John Gavin with Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda, Juanita Moore Lana Turner stars as an actress forced to weigh career against personal happiness in this adaptation of a best-selling novel by Fannie Hurst which is also concerned with one of America's foremost problems of today - the colour question. Unique and stylish Hollywood classic cinema! Imitation of Life from Left: John Gavin Lana Turner Dan O'Herlihy Sandra Dee Susan Kohner Juanita Moore 1959. He was the brother of director Michael O'Herlihy (1929–1997) and the father of actor Gavan O'Herlihy, visual artist Olwen O'Herlihy, and architect Lorcan O'Herlihy. Annie persuades Lora to let her stay and look after the household, so that she can pursue an acting career. 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